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My Body My Choice: The Fight for Abortion Rights

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Abortion is one of the most common of all medical procedures. But it is still stigmatized, and all too often people do not feel they can talk about their experiences.

Making abortion illegal or hard to access doesn't make it any less common; it just makes it dangerous. Around the world, tens of thousands of women die from unsafe abortions every year.

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Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Orca Book Publishers
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Robin Stevenson Yes, this is something that is important to me- thanks for asking. I use inclusive language (eg. people who have abortions), and I explain the…moreYes, this is something that is important to me- thanks for asking. I use inclusive language (eg. people who have abortions), and I explain the importance of this in the introduction. The book also has a section about the needs of transgender men and non-binary people who can become pregnant, and the barriers they face in accessing abortion services and reproductive health care, as well as some suggestions about how advocates, educators and medical staff can be more inclusive and supportive. (less)
Robin Stevenson I wrote this book ten years into my writing career. I had already written more than 20 books, but most were novels- this was my second non-fiction…moreI wrote this book ten years into my writing career. I had already written more than 20 books, but most were novels- this was my second non-fiction book. I began writing it shortly after the Trump-Pence administration took power in the US, because I was worried about the threat this posed to reproductive rights- in the states and around the world. (less)

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Rebecca McNutt
I'm not big on "social justice", nor am I looking to dictate what other people think about abortion. Obviously abortion is a heavily controversial issue worldwide and there are two sides to every story. Honestly though, My Body My Choice is very well-written, well-researched, and gets its message across without being preachy or too heavy-handed. While it's sure to offend some people, it's also sure to start raising some serious questions about the rights to our own bodily autonomy, and not just ...more
What a fascinating history for the practice of and regulations surrounding abortions in North America.
I encourage everyone to read this whether it is for educational purposes or just to know you are not alone in your decision (whatever it may be).
This could be read in a day, so go read it!

Thank you NetGalley and Orca Book Publishers for DRC.
Amy Formanski Duffy
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-teen-nf
It's exciting to see a well-researched book about reproductive rights for teens that is not a part of one of those horrible reference book series. The format is really appealing, with short chapters, a lot of graphics and some comics included. It's important for librarians and teachers to know that this book is adamantly pro-choice, so if you work in a very conservative community, be aware that parents might have issues with it. But it covers the history women's rights around the world and ...more
Ai Miller
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program, and I'm grateful to the publisher for the opportunity to read this book for review.

I would give this like a three and a half in reality; I think Stevenson has done some hard work to make this accessible, though the age range seems pretty wide (it's for 12+, but the language to me seems like it might be difficult for a twelve-year-old, even with the glossary at the back.)

I would say the limitations of this book are
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was an incredible read and I learnt SO MUCH! It truly opened my eyes to the history, the present and future struggles of abortion rights and reproductive justice in North America and worldwide.

I would recommend this to teens AND adults whether you know very little about abortion rights or a lot! I am confident you will come away from reading this book with more information and perhaps a new perspective on this important issue.

Personally, I understood the topical layer of this issue
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My Review: I do as much non fiction as I do classics. But when this one popped up I had to read it. In this day and age so many states have passed laws about what I am allowed to do with my own body if I would find myself pregnant. It is disheartening to learn that if I lived in another state and I was raped that I may not be able to get an abortion because it was against the law. That I would be forced to have my attackers child. I have been a firm believer in the aspect that abortion should ...more
I thought this was a great book, and have already recommended it to several friends.

The first few chapters focus primarily on the current and historical fight for reproductive rights and reproductive justice in the US and Canada (the author grew up in Canada, and previously worked as a social worker in women's health clinics there). Later chapters focus on the fight for access in countries around the world.

The text is interspersed with photos, graphics, comic strips and global activist
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher (via LibraryThing) in exchange for an honest review.

This book, written for the YA or high school level, introduces readers to the historical and current battle for abortion rights around the world. I really did appreciate the inclusion of stories and issues from multiple nations and perspectives. The book is designed to be eye opening, to wake up readers who may not have thought the abortion issue doesn't affect them. Until it does.

Geneviève (thefreckledbookworm)
NETGALLEY ARC (all thoughts are my own)

I am amazed by this book. It is SUCH a goldmine of information, and it's very easy to understand. The facts are based on so many statistics - it's obvious there is a LOT of research involved in the creation of this book. & there's even a glossary at the end! This book is so transinclusive, and the author recognizes the difference between the rights of white people and POC. So, to limit my word count, I'll just list important facts included in this
Steff Pasciuti
In light of recent events this year, I'd say thatMy Body, My Choice by Robin Stevenson could not have come fast enough. There's so much involved in abortion politics and far more often than not a vast number of individuals show an incredible amount of ignorance on this subject. Even worse, those making the decision to put policies into place are not people who ever would even have to consider having an abortion because men are incapable of carrying a fetus. And the fact of the matter is that the ...more
Aliena Jackson
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very informational book, and I quite enjoyed it. It felt a little childish though, but for the most part, a good read.
Brittany Lamb
Note: I recieved a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the NG and the publisher for the reading and reviewing opportunity.

A more thorough review can be read at

A comprehensive, educational book that really teaches readers. I think that people only both sides of the debate on abortion could benefit from picking this book up, as it aims to inform instead of to persuade. I gained an immense amount of
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent history lesson and research supported medical information with a compassionate dose of empathy. Roe v Wade is only a drop in the bucket of the fight for reproductive justice; this short book is long on great information.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Informative young adult non-fiction on the fight for abortion rights all over the world, but mainly focusing on Canada and the US. This book gives a good history on abortion rights to help the reader understand the current political and social climate in regards to the issue.
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
An excellent primer on the history of abortion rights both in the US and Canada. I had only a limited knowledge of the details of that battle in the US before reading this book and no knowledge of Canada's struggle. I am in awe of and so grateful for all of the people who fought and continue to fight for this important human right.

What makes this book especially valuable to a YA audience is the young activists that are featured and profiled in it. If they were inspiring to me, I can only imagine
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing and needs to have a far reach. It presents a full picture of past and present, abortion history and current reproductive justice battles, the main focus of which is on the USA and Canada but includes information from every other continent (I mean, except Antarctica). It is evidence-based and clearly written and a marvelous resource. It's trans-inclusive and has a specific focus on the damage anti-abortion laws cause to marginalized populations. If I could I would buy a ...more
Elle Rudy
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
Every woman should read this. It provides what's severely lacking in the majority of discussions surrounding abortion and women's reproductive rights: context. There's no inflammatory language, no imposition of religious ideals, just information. Plenty of personal stories, yes, but that's to put into perspective the people who are at risk when we limit access to basic health care. This isn't the moral conundrum that we've been fed for years. It's a way to control women through their bodies.

Genevieve Trono
May 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
This book could not have been more timely. I am lucky to live in a state where many people around me realize that women should always have the right to choose when making a decision about their own bodies. Unfortunately, it is a very scary time in our country in many places and the right to women's choice is being put into question. Whether you believe in abortion or not, making a decision for someone else is never okay and making abortion illegal will not stop abortions, it will just make it ...more
Lely Reads
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great resource for readers from teens through seniors. The information was very comprehensive and provided in a manner that was easy to follow. It is short enough that this can be read in a single sitting or read in chapters. Regardless of how familiar you are with abortion laws, history, and movements, this would be a great refresher. Sections highlighting youth activists around the world are particularly motivating and a great example for younger readers that they are capable of ...more
Melanie Florence
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I ordered this book as soon as it came out. Its so well-written & full of vitally important information. Buy a copy. Buy two and share it. This book is more important now than ever and with all of the false information out there, it’s an incredible resource. I’ll be sharing it with my daughter. HIGHLY recommended.
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has many, many great things to offer. First of all, it is a topic that is all too often disputed for all the wrong reasons. The author, I feel, presented a well-researched and well-written book for people who support pro-choice. She covered the history of abortion to its present day struggles in Canada, the US, and around the world; she interviewed world-wide activists and documented their struggles and successes, she used inclusive language, she includes a section for transgender men ...more
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a feel good book for readers who already agree with the author. A stronger book would have citations in the text, not just a reference list at the end, in order to add credibility to its arguments for readers who disagree or on the fence. It would also have more concrete evidence in the main text, rather than relegating what is offered to sidebars in many instances. Finally, its credibility would be increased if the book did not paint all pro-life individuals as violent fanatics--a brief ...more
I absolutely loved this one. It was both informative and insightful. I found myself learning a lot about abortion rights, in fact, with every chapter I learned something new. I only thought about women getting abortions but this book broadens my mind to transgender, non-binary and people with disabilities having their rights restricted in this area. This book is not only timely but breaks the stigma at what is placed around people who have abortions. The format I feel will be appealing to young ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it
**I received an ARC off Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own!**
I definitely enjoyed this book. The ideas were well organized and the information was gathered well. There were some parts I didn’t thing were necessary and there were a couple things that were repeated.
Other than that, nothing to complain about. I definitely everyone should read this book in order to inform themselves about what abortion really is.
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent starters guide for people who don’t know a lot about the topic of abortion and reproductive rights as a whole. My favourite parts of the book were the beginning chapters, where they were diving into the history of the procedure and the people who were (and sometimes still are) risking their lives for reproductive freedom. All in all, this is a very well written comprehensive look at this broad issue.
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, ya-2019
This is a really well done book on the history of abortion. It is pro-abortion, talks about international movements, and uses gender-inclusive language (unless the historical source doesn't). I don't know if I could get it on a list saying everyone should read it, but the discussion about the ability to choose when you get pregnant is so well done I wish it could be.
Succinct description of abortion rights in the United States, Canada, and other countries around the world. The book is clearly in favor of reproductive rights for women, and while it does show in the writing, overall it sticks to the facts.
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Robin Stevenson is an award winning Canadian author of more than 25 books for teens and children. Her book PRIDE: CELEBRATING DIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY was a 2017 Stonewall Honor Book, and she has won or been a finalist for numerous other awards. Her other books include a board book called PRIDE COLORS, a picture book called GHOST'S JOURNEY, middle-grade non-fiction (KID ACTIVISTS) and fiction ...more